Report: Raptors are the only NBA team to start training outside of their hometown

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The Toronto Raptors will be the only NBA team to enter phase 1 of the league’s return to play plan outside their hometown, The AthleticShams Charania reports.

As part of Phase 1, players will start showing up at their home for individual training. The Raptors will report directly to Florida due to “quarantine and Canadian travel issues,” according to Charania, who obtained an NBPA document titled “Life in the Bubble.”

Charania reports that the Raptors will train at the Alico Arena at Florida Gulf Coast University in Naples, Florida, but a team statement provided to Steven Loung of Sportsnet reads: “It is an option that we are examining – this plan is not yet fully confirmed. “

Phase 2, which begins on June 23 with mandatory testing for all players and staff, will see players continuing to train alone at team facilities, while Phase 3 will add coaches to these individual workouts .

All teams will then go to Orlando between July 7 and 9 for phase 4. Once in Florida, all players and staff will have to isolate themselves for 24 hours and undergo two negative tests before participating in the second part of phase 4, which includes full team training sessions.

Phase 5 of June 22-29 will feature each team playing three scrums against other teams. Phase 6 will be the resumption of regular season play, starting on July 30 with each team playing eight more games to determine the playoff rankings. The NBA champion is expected to be crowned in early October.

The “Life in the Bubble” document also includes details on the type of test that will be performed, plans for meals and social time and the rules for players to refuse to participate if they do not feel like being there. feel comfortable playing or pose health risks.



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